Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip goes off injured during the 18-11 win over France.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Ireland number eight suffered ‘fractures of the transverse process of three vertebrae'

Qatar’s Bertrand Roiné (left) playing against his old team-mates in World Handball Championship final meeting with France. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

France beat hosts, who seemed to have a helping hand along the way, in the final

Rafael Capote of Qatar  is blocked by Markus Wagesreiter and Janko Bozovic of Austria during the ‘round of 16’ match at the 24th men’s handball World Championship in Doha. Photograph: Fadi Al-Assaad/Reuters

Dr Andrea Ongaro knows he faces a tough challenge to have a strong international side

 Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has   announced he is to leave his boyhood club at the end of the season. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Captain’s decision to announce he will leave the club at the end of the season allows Brendan Rodgers the chance to plan ahead

 A Brazil fan   after watching his side beingbeaten   7-1 by Germany in the World Cupsemi-final  at Estadio Mineirao  in Belo Horizonte. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

‘Germany spent most of the second half gently and quizically toeing the lifeless carcass of a nation’s dreams’

Katie Taylor made it five world titles in a row in South Korea

Carl O’Malley salutes Katie Taylor as she makes it five world titles on the bounce

Iker Casillas of Spain  after his mistake led to the fourth Netherlands  goal  at Arena Fonte Nova  in Salvador, Brazil. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Carl O’Malley looks back on the match that shook the World Cup into action

Robbie Keane of Los Angeles Galaxy may have piqued   the interest of  Premier League manager with doubt over his future in MLS.  Photograph:   Harry How/Getty Images

QPR manager and Aston Villa boss effusive in their praise of the MLS star and Ireland captain

Ireland’s  Darren O’Dea has joined blackpool on a month-long loan deal. Photograph: Reuters

Ireland international was a free agent having left Ukrainian club Metalurh Donetsk in August

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